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José Carreras / 7 Complete Operas (14-disc Set)

Release Date: 10/16/2007 
Label:  Bravissimo Opera Library   Catalog #: 9909   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Gaetano DonizettiGiuseppe VerdiVincenzo Bellini
Performer:  Ruth BezinianMontserrat CaballéEnrique SerraJosé Carreras,   ... 
Conductor:  Nello SantiCarlo Felice CillarioNino VerchiFranco Mannino,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  French National Radio ChorusFrench National Radio Symphony OrchestraRoyal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra,   ... 
Number of Discs: 14 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Seven complete operas starring the great José Carreras—live opera recordings at budget price in one space-saving set! Exciting live recordings taped 1972—1976! Spanish tenor José Carreras (b. 1946) was, by the end of the 20th century, one of the few “superstars” of the world of opera, having taken his place alongside Luciano Pavarotti and Placido Domingo as one of the “Three Tenors,” a media phenomenon that reflected worldwide popular approval. Carreras endeared himself to the public not only for the beauty of his vocal color and the purity of his phrasing, but also for his romantic appearance, his intelligence and modesty, and his personal courage and generosity. These imperishable performances are among the greatest ever put Read more to disc, and are now available at the lowest price ever!

R E V I E W S:

Francesco Molinari-Pradelli leads a searing performance with the Scala forces responding beautifully to his exciting shaping of the score. Carreras recalled later that these performances were the greatest of his career to that point. We can only be grateful for their documentation and continue to yearn for a Verdi renaissance that gives us this kind of unbridled passion, first-rate singing and innate understanding of style in the opera house again. In the meanwhile, we have this amazing Ballo.

-- Ira Siff, Opera News
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Works on This Recording

Maria Stuarda by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  Ruth Bezinian (Mezzo Soprano), Montserrat Caballé (Soprano), Enrique Serra (Bass),
José Carreras (Tenor), Maurizio Mazzieri (Bass), Michelle Vilma (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Nello Santi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  French National Radio Chorus,  French National Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1835; Italy 
Caterina Cornaro by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  José Carreras (Tenor), Lorenzo Saccomani (Baritone), Neville Williams (Bass Baritone),
Enrique Serra (Bass), Maurizio Mazzieri (Bass), Anne Edwards (Soprano),
Montserrat Caballé (Soprano)
Conductor:  Carlo Felice Cillario
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra,  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1844; Italy 
La traviata by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Anna Pedrotti (Mezzo Soprano), Renata Scotto (Soprano), Guido Mazzini (Baritone),
Carlo Meliciani (Baritone), Sesto Bruscantini (Baritone), Fernando Jacopucci (Tenor),
José Carreras (Tenor), Franco Lombardi (Tenor)
Conductor:  Nino Verchi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853; Italy 
Beatrice di Tenda by Vincenzo Bellini
Performer:  Angeles Gulin (Soprano), Fernando Jacopucci (Tenor), Elena Zilio (Mezzo Soprano),
José Carreras (Tenor), Renato Bruson (Baritone)
Conductor:  Franco Mannino
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Italian Radio Symphony Orchestra Turin,  Italian Radio Chorus Turin
Written: 1833 
Un ballo in maschera by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Montserrat Caballé (Soprano), José Carreras (Tenor), Renato Bruson (Baritone),
Ruza Baldani (Mezzo Soprano), Carlo Meliciani (Baritone), Federico Daviŕ (Bass),
Margherita Guglielmi (Soprano), Giovanni Foiani (Bass), Regolo Romani (Tenor)
Conductor:  Francesco Molinari-Pradelli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859; Italy 
Jérusalem by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Siegmund Nimsgern (Bass), Alessandro Cassis (Baritone), José Carreras (Tenor),
Leonardo Monreale (Bass), Vinicio Cocchieri (Baritone), Licia Falcone (Mezzo Soprano),
Katia Ricciarelli (Soprano), Giampaolo Corradi (Tenor), Eftimios Michalopoulos (Bass)
Conductor:  Gianandrea Gavazzeni
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Italian Radio Symphony Orchestra Turin,  Italian Radio Chorus Turin
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1843-1847; Italy 
Luisa Miller by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Gianfranco Casarini (Bass), Maria Grazia Piolatto (Mezzo Soprano), Katia Ricciarelli (Soprano),
José Carreras (Tenor), Renato Bruson (Baritone), Eugenio Prando (Tenor),
Mario Rinaudo (Bass)
Conductor:  Fernando Previtali
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Turin Teatro Reale Orchestra,  Turin Teatro Regio Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1849; Italy 

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